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Old 07-18-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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questions about how the payments are made when do they charge you... during the cruise, or do they charge you on ur last day when they give you your bill just curious so we know what to expect..... and how much are the beverages there like beer etc?
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On debarkation morning you will find a printout of all of your charges during the cruise either slipped under the door or tucked in the message slot outside the door. If you agree with them and used a credit card to secure your shipboard account, then there is nothing you need to do. They will bill that amount to your credit card.

If you used cash to establish your account, you will have to pay them for any shortage prior to leaving the ship. If you didn't use all of the cash, they will issue a check for the balance.

It is a good idea to check on your spending at least once or twice during the cruise, and to get things squared away on the day before the cruise ends if you are using cash. The line at guest relations is usually quite long on debarkation morning and if you can avoid it you need to do so.

Beer on Royal Caribbean: $4.25 to $5. Mixed drink: $5.75. Wine: anywhere from $4 to $12 a glass depending on the wine. Add 15% to each drink for the automatic gratuity charge.
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are there any special packages for the beverages like buckets of beer etc?
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They have a special offers. On our last cruise they had a margarita happy hour (2 for 1) in the Schooner Bar one afternoon, and I think there was another day they did something similar. Royal Caribbean doesn't tout it as much as Carnival does, but they do have a beer bucket deal. I think it is 5 beers for the price of 4.

They also have a drink of the day. Now, it was $6.25 on our last cruise but that was with the souvenir glass. I think you can order it in a regular (smaller) glass and the price is cheaper than a normal cocktail.
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What type of shows are on the monarch.
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The production shows are typically a revue of some sort, based on a musical theme such as movie musicals, or Broadway hit shows, or rock and roll through the years. They will do song and dance numbers to several tunes with set changes for each. The norm for the past several years has been to have just two lead singers who are miked - one male and one female, with the others doing background vocals. The shows are done to a high standard.

You might also have a featured performer such as a 'headliner' comedian or singer. Note that these are rarely 'big' names anymore, but more likely those who make the rounds on many cruise ships and lines, and also do Las Vegas shows. But still, they are quality acts.

Production shows will usually be done twice on their scheduled night(s), with a show for those with early seating dinner, and then one for second seating dinner. That way everyone has a chance to see it. You will not see production shows every night of the cruise. For a 7-night cruise they will normally do two different productions on two separate nights.
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is it best to book you excursions through the cruise line or some where else?

What is the best things to do in Coco Cay and Nassau?
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:30 AM
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In Nassau you can book tours privately and we recommend looking at Shoretrips since they are normally cheaper than the same tours offered by the cruise line. Doing stuff at Atlantis is probably the most popular.

For Coco Cay you have no option other than booking excursions with Royal Caribbean, since they own this 120 acre island. It is a big beach with a barbecue lunch. Doing a jet ski rental is the most popular. I would probably rent one of the new private cabanas and just hang out.
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What do the cabanas usually cost to rent one
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Here is the shore excursion page for Coco Cay on the Royal Caribbean website. Click on the link on the right side and you'll see the tours and prices.
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